Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Gabe Hawkins has dreamed of Amy Bradshaw since junior high, but a sick game of revenge from his identical twin Lou smashed those dreams when Lou seduced Amy and impregnated her. Amy is a woman who knows what she wants, Gabe. But having Gabe in her bed would cost a price she can’t afford to pay, custody of her daughter Angel. Threats from Lou force Amy to resist Gabe. For five years the threats have worked, but Gabe’s persistence is wearing Amy’s resolve thin. Finally, she agrees to one night with Gabe to live out her fantasies. But will her fantasies force her into an unbearable reality?
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
I also have a current WIP I'm working on. I'm 22K into it. Not sure how long it's going to end up, but it's a historical period piece set in 1933. I'm excited about this one too. I've written about 4,500 words in the last 3 weeks. Which is really good for me because I have been struggling with my fibromyalgia for months now. And with the winter and bad weather coming, it doesn't look good for the next few months. Maybe things will settle down some after the holiday craze. Anyway, I hope to keep everyone updated on how the new WIP is going. And maybe 2010 will be the year I pull out all those unfinished mss. Maybe!
Be sure to check out my review blog HEARTreview to see all the Christmas stories I've been reading.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Saturday, December 5, 2009
I want to blog more in the new year. I would love to hear from readers to tell me what they want to see on my blog.
If I don't make it back on here before 2010, I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year filled with many blessing.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Coming Together: Against the Odds is a finalist in the 2010 EPIC awards! I'm so excited as this book's proceeds goes to Autism Speaks.
Autism is a serious condition affecting more and more children and families everyday. If you are a parent, please give me a moment. Think about the first time your child hugged you, placed a sloppy kid on your cheek or said I love you, Mommy/Daddy. Do you remember? It was the most amazing feeling in the world.
Now picture your child with Autism. There are no hugs. No kisses. No I love yous. Sometimes you must walk away from your visit at the group home knowing without a cure, your child will never live with you or have a family of their own. And you can't let your mind wander to what will happen to your child once you've passed on.
Autism is a heartbreaking word for any parent to hear. I have two beautiful, healthy children. But autism entered my life when I married a wonderful man with a severely autistic child. Over the years, this child has grown into a young man and still, there is no cure. My heart breaks every time I have to watch my husband walk away from a visit with him.
There are a lot of great mystery themed stories in this anthology. My husband honored me when writing my story, MISSING PIECES, by letting me name my hero after his son, Addison. I get no proceeds from the sale of this book. As a matter of fact, no author does. But I ask you, on your next book shopping trip, whether it is paperback or ebook, please help honor all the Addison's in this world and buy a copy.
Get your copy at Phaze today!
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
With much thought to what I want do with my two books that had been published with Mystic Moon Press, I have now published ALL FOR AN ANGEL at smashwords. Check it out and tell me what you think of the cover. I had to tweak it a bit.
Monday, October 12, 2009
And since I have the holiday off of work today, I'll probably be doing something glamorous published authors have the privilege to do- laundry. Yep I have a whole heap to do. My fibromite body is telling me that it probably won't get done and start with what will get the kids through the school week.
I hope everyone has a wonderful Columbus Day. Honestly, I think it's a holiday we celebrate because people who get off work on this day, don't want to give up a day off. I mean, I don't care how crazy the holiday is, I just love my day off of work with the kidos in school.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
There are new reviews listed on my review site HEARTreviews. Go check them out, you might find your next story to read. Or you could request a review for your latest published or contracted work. Be sure to follow the blog and see the new reviews as they come out monthly. You could even leave a comment or get a discussion going about one of the books.
I've been working on a new WIP. It was going pretty good, but I'll have to set it aside until I get done with edits and stuff for my newly contracted book.
So tell me, what's up with all of my readers? New books, WIP's, or read anything good? Let me know what's going on in your life.
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Fantasy Mountain - the resort where no want is too wacky, no urge too unusual, no passion too peculiar.
Meet the owners:
On her remote ranch, Victoria has built a world-renowned business with her ability to create any sexual scenario requested. She has it all; power, money, independence. The only other thing she wants is the one she knows she’ll never have, and he works just down the hall.
Brett has all but given up hope of breaching the wall around Victoria’s heart. In fact, he’s engaged to be married back in London in only two months. But he knows Victoria has desires; he’s seen them firsthand. When one night of passion rekindles old feelings, can he finally fulfill the ultimate fantasy of the woman who’s made it her mission to satisfy everyone’s desires but her own?
Whatever the erotic dream, it can come true at Fantasy Mountain.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Anyway, I don't want to whine about it.
So how many of my readers out there have fibro or know someone who does? Because the next time they say they don't feel good, they probably don't. But if you are out there reading this, leave me message about your or your friend's struggle. Sometimes I like to know that I am not alone in this illness.
Tell me what you do to make yourself feel better. I like to have a piece of dark chocolate everyday, at least 70% or more cocoa printed on the label. It seems to help me with my fog that I get bad. Try Endangered Species. I love their chocolate and they are an eco-friendly company that donates 10% of the profits to help support endangered species. You can read all about their eco efforts, their chocolate, and many other things at their site.
Monday, August 10, 2009
There are tons of these issues when you write. But There is a great website that one of my writing buddies made me aware of. So now I'm passing it on. It's just too good not to.
Common Errors in English
I could get lost for hours on this page. You don't even have to be a writer to enjoy this resource. Have fun and post back what you learned. I would love to hear from you.
Sunday, August 2, 2009
One good heartbreak deserves another.
Mandy plans to leave her husband the minute their month of counseling is over. How can she forgive his outrageous affair? It would almost be funny if the consequences weren't so harsh. They've got kids, and families with strong -- and warped -- opinions on marriage.
Her aunt thinks she should take a page from the black widow spider. Her brother's begging to avenge her broken heart, and their marriage counselor offers to play the willing victim in some payback sex.
While her clueless husband launches a campaign to win her back, Mandy meets Adam, the perfect shoulder to cry on. Will perfect justice prove just how sweet revenge can be when you wait for it?
Content Warning: Real people aren't all good or all bad. Neither are the characters in this story. The shade of right or wrong you see may depend upon whose glasses you are looking through.
Friday, July 31, 2009
I think the big thing is MMP shutting their doors. I was never paid one cent for the stories I sold. I have not been contacted by the owner and I don't expect I ever will.
In light of all the bad news about MMP, I did something good for others. I cut my hair and donated it. Just because some people in this world have to be cruel and take advantage of others doesn't mean I have to. So about 11 inches of hair was cut and will be donated to Pantene Beautiful Lengths. I chose this charity because I wanted to honor a lady who I work with (on my evil day job) who is battling cancer. So in honor of Jane, I said bye-bye to my hair.
From the response of the poll, I see that no one would buy an ezine. I think with everything on my mind the last few weeks, it didn't occur to me to let people sign up for free and sell advertising spots to pay authors for their work. So, I might add another poll for feedback on that. But in the meantime, I am planning to open review site soon. HEART...Where Romance Begins. Right now there isn't much there, but be sure to check back and add them to your blogs to follow.
I also submitted a story with Cobblestone-Press. Waiting for the answer on that story. And hoping for a better month in August.
Monday, July 27, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
So today's (yesterday's) eye catching cover is Fortune's Honor by Jamie Craig, published by Amber Heat.
Clay Putnam has always been the responsible one in his family. He runs the family ranch, Good Fortune, by himself and takes care of his ailing mother. He is happy to make sacrifices so his brothers can follow their own dreams, especially his younger brother, Ty, a bull-rider on the professional rodeo circuit. But he leads a very lonely life, and he longs to meet a woman who could love his home, and his family, as much as he does.
Paige Murphy fell for Ty’s boyish charm and exuberance, and she agrees to spend her summer vacation at the Good Fortune Ranch while Ty follows the rodeo all over the western states. She is happy to be engaged to Ty. Until she meets his older brother. Clay is mature, thoughtful, and very attractive. She thinks he might be interested in her as well, but they resist their mutual desire out of love and respect for Ty.
Passion and a surprising tragedy, however, drives Paige into Clay’s arms, but honor, not infatuation, dictates who they are...
Genres: Contemporary / Cowboys / Western (Modern Day)
Heat Level: 2
Length: Extended Novella (36k words)
All I can say is YUM! A hot guy with a gorgeous backdrop, now this is a cover.
(I haven't read the book, so I am not endorsing it. Only the cover. However, my interest is piqued.)
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Saturday, July 18, 2009
This is only my stories from Mystic Moon Press. Not any of my other publishers.
Sadly, I have to leave town and will not be back until late tonight or tomorrow sometime if anyone has questions. I will be back online by Monday at the latest.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
(Isn't the cover beautiful!)
Crushed by betrayal, Belle Winkworth-Jones flees the shambles of her short-lived marriage, only to be kidnapped by a vicious rebel solider determined to keep her for himself. Nick Andreakos mounts a ruthless rescue to save the wife who walked away from him, even though he's resentful Belle could dismiss their marriage so easily.
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Sadly, I have been fighting depression. And I am still fighting it. I can't seem to scrounge up the energy I wish I could. I'm not making any promises, but if I can find the energy, then I hope to be back into the swing of things next month. However, I might just find that I take the summer off and get back into things in the fall when the kidos go back to school. We'll see.
Sunday, May 3, 2009
I put everyone's name in a pot and let my son draw out a name. And the winner is ..........
Congrats, you have won an e-book copy of Coming Together: Al Fresco. But...
It's not over yet. I'm a softy, so I let my hubby draw another name for a consolation prize. And that winner is ..........
Congrats, you have won an e-book copy of your choice of either Marital Affair or All For an Angel.
Thank you everyone who gave me a shout out. I enjoyed this contest, so stayed tuned, I'm sure I will do this contest again in the future.
I am going to try to catch up, one day at a time. However, today was the last day for the Shout Out contest. So I am keeping schedule with it. And I'll pot it in my next post.
Monday, April 27, 2009
Is this MCSS? I don't know. But here is what I do know.
I got this new product at Wal-mart. It's called a bathroom stone made from Earthstone . It's made for heavy duty cleaning and scrubbing. It's made with no chemicals and is 100% Eco-friendly and 95% recycled material. I saw it in the cleaning isle the other day and said, what the hell, I'll give it a try.
This morning I tried it out on my shower. WOW! This thing really works. Now it took a little bit of time to get it started. You have to use water to make it work and it takes a couple of minutes for the water and the stone to interact with each other. But once that takes place, it was amazing. I had the residue on my hand, which according to the label is safe to wash down the drain, and no itching or burning. It didn't irritate my eyes, skin, breathing...nothing. And it was easy to use. I did have to scrub a bit, but I have hard water and I hadn't found anything to get a deep clean. So I'm thinking next time I won't have to scrub as hard since this got that deep clean.
According to their website, they also make stones for the kitchen, grill, pool and to remove paint. They also have a growstone that is made from recycled glass. You use it in place of soil and plants grow in them. Cool.
I definitely recommend this product for anyone. And who knows, changing to more green products might help my fibro and other conditions people suffer from as well as helping the planet.
Friday, April 24, 2009
He appears to her every night, chasing her until she's trapped at gunpoint. A stalker who wants her dead. Terror jolts her awake with vivid scenes of her death. The problem is that Angelina Benton's prophetic dreams always come true. The day Jared Maxwell walks into The Variety Vine, the nightmare becomes reality. Circumstances force Angie to work and live with Jared. If she refuses, she loses her home and business. If she agrees she may lose her life.
Love at first sight isn't possible in Jared's mind. When he meets Angelina his world turns upside down. He's determined to gain her trust and win her love even though he has an ulterior motive for being in Dansburg, Virginia.
Strange events unfold that put Angie's life in danger. Despite her fears, she realizes she's falling in love with the rugged man from her dreams. Can she overcome her fears and suspicions to fulfill her destiny or will trusting Jared be the ultimate mistake?
Publisher Note: This book was previously published elsewhere under the same title, but has been revised.
This one looks to promise to be a chilling tale. (Again I have not read the book. I am only judging by the cover on Eye Catching Cover Day. After all, cover artists deserve the spotlight too.)
Saturday, April 18, 2009
In honor of my latest story coming out Earth Day, April 22, I'm holding a contest. I'm going to make this real easy for you. For a chance to win an ebook copy of Coming Together: Al Fresco anthology, all you have to do is give me a shout out.
Yes, that's it!
Just give me a hey, hello, or I always like to hear I love your blog. Leave me something. Are you a writer or reader? Even say hey and tell me your latest release. (Coming Together is all about charity so I would like them to get most of the exposure so just the name and publisher please, no long excerpt.) If you're a reader, you can tell me your favorite author (and it doesn't have to be me, but I love being buttered up. Not in the literal sense though.) If you're shy, just leave a hello and that will be fine.
I'll announce the winner in two weeks, May 3.
Coming Together: Al Fresco
The latest in Alessia Brio's charity anthology series, Coming Together: Al Fresco features stories in which the action takes place without a bed... or a bedroom. All proceeds benefit Conservation International. GREEN is the new black!
Check out the line up of this book!
- Adam & Eve on a Raft (Robert Buckley)
- Afternoon of a Faun (Helen E.H. Madden)
- Anal Alley (Sommer Marsden)
- Ask for It (Jude Mason)
- Blonde on a Harley (Teresa Noelle Roberts)
- For Want of a Woodpecker (Ripley Patton)
- Foreign Parts (Rachelle Le-Monnier)
- Hailey's Comet (Jae Knight)
- Happy Endings (Jamie Hill)
- Hidden in Fog (Teresa Noelle Roberts)
- Mahalo (Allison Wonderland)
- Making Rain (Angela Caperton)
- Midnight Ménage à Trois (Heather Lin)
- Natural Tease (Arya Rewan)
- Outside in the Rain (Andrea Dale)
- Pantheism 101 (Alessia Brio)
- Paradise Valley (Michelle Houston)
- Reclining Buddha (Lisabet Sarai)
- Rites of Consummation (Nicole Gestalt)
- Silver Bells and Cockle Shells (Shanna Germain)
- Slow Burn (Sophie Mouette)
- Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (Rita Winchester)
- Sparrow Takes Flight (Giselle Renarde)
- The Journey Home (Jasmine Black)
- The Roof (Selena Kitt)
- Untouched Perfection (Moondancer Drake)
- Wet as Spring (Robin Elizabeth)
- Wildlife (Randy Foster)
So what are you waiting for? Give me a shout out.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Cat Mckibben wakes up one night to find herself chained to a bed at the will of a mysterious dark stranger. Yet his allure is more than she can handle as he entices her to follow him down a path of self-revelation and self-indulgence. When given to her fantasies, Cat finds the stranger more powerful than she imagined-and his identity is revealed as Dracula. Set out to take for himself a queen, Dracula informs Cat that her secret heritage makes her the predestined queen. Cat faces a decision-to stay with Dracula and enjoy a vampire's life teeming with sensual bliss, or the alternative fate that awaits her when she wakes up once again in her former nightmarish reality . . .
Monday, April 13, 2009
Everyday activities that the normal person does is hard for someone with fibro and holding down a job and running a household is a huge challenge. Without my husband I could never work full-time.
Here's a look at a typical day for me.
My husband gets up and showers. Then he makes sure the kids are up and get on the bus. (My kids are 11 and 14 so they just need some prompting.) He walks the dog and wakes me up. I go through the morning in a daze. Sometimes I can think clearly, but most of the time I can't. Because of this, I keep things at my evil day job like a tooth brush and tooth paste. (Yes, this sounds nasty that I could forget to brush my teeth in the morning, but at least I know this and have taken measures to combat it.) When I'm ready to go, he grabs the cat food and feeds the outside cats. Then he drives us to work.
This is a blessing that we work at the same place. If he didn't drive me every morning I'm not sure I could make it. We work on different floors but we have lunch together everyday. After work, my husband drives us home or to the store. If we need to shop, we tackle Wal-mart with a plan. We split up and grab items on different sides of the store and work our way to each other. We inspect each others cart and make sure we didn't forget anything.
Once we are home, we carry in the bags while the kids put the groceries away. Most of the time he cooks dinner. I try to cook at least one meal a week. Sometime I cook two. I feel guilty about this because before I got sick, I had dinner on the table every night at 6. A lot of those dinners was cooked from scratch too. (I digress.)
My night consist of working on my writing in some form. Or spacing out with a computer game. The housework is done by my husband and kids. I do the laundry on the weekends. Sometimes I do the dishes or we all pitch in together to clean the kitchen or living room good.
He never complains if the wash isn't done, that he drives everywhere, cooks, cleans and get the kids off for school. Actually, the three of them have their morning routine down and I just get in the way if I'm up. He loves this time with the kids. They come to me for everything under the sun. So the morning is his time to have the kids and he loves that they would rather have him up in the morning than me. (And I'm perfectly fine to let them have it while I get some more zzzz's in.)
He's never told me my illness is in my head or that I'm just lazy. He supports me and listens to when I don't feel good. He also massages my back from time to time and tries to work the knots out of my muscles that form in people with fibro. (Sometimes I can get my daughter to, but I have to pay her.)
I am truly blessed to have my husband to walk by my side. We just celebrated our 10th anniversary on the 8th and everyday our relationship gets better and better.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Ms. Anderson writes m/f and m/m and many are paranormal. She currently has books out with Aspen Mountain Press.
She also has books contracted with Aspen Mountain Press, Aspen Mountain Press' Man Love Press line, and Ellora’s Cave.
Wow! What a cover.
Saturday, April 4, 2009
This should help me so much more to stay on schedule. I can't promise it will solve everything, but I have three blogs written and scheduled to post on the correct day and in the morning hours instead of late at night after I get home from work.
Now If I would stop procrastinating and finish my WIP.
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Book One Blurb:
McCann's Manor: Portal
Elizabeth Carr and her friend Kimberly Henson are psychically gifted and have worked together for years to help unfortunate souls find peace and go into the Light, a calling which has brought them much joy and adventure—and trouble and heartache.
When John Carter, internationally acclaimed screen actor, meets Liz and Kim at a party and tells them of McCann’s Manor, they accept the invitation to live at the Manor for a year try to help its restless spirits.
They soon find themselves in the midst of a puzzle that could prove too much for even their honed paranormal skills. Nothing is what it seems. The doors Liz and Kim open may not be so easily closed, should they change their minds about the endeavor they have taken upon themselves, and a secret more sinister than they can imagine is waiting for them inside the passages of McCann’s two hundred-year-old Manor . . .
Book Two Blurb:
The Bakery Murders: Challenge
Liz Carr and Kim Henson got more than they bargained for when they agreed to move into McCann's Manor and rid the place of unfriendly spirits.
Nothing they had experienced in their ghostbusting careers could have prepared them for what lay ahead. They solved the mystery of the deaths of Leonard and Missy Tatum, as well as the murder of Benjamin McCann two hundred years before, but they never guessed that was only the beginning, nor could they have dreamed of the strange creatures from another world waiting to invade their lives.
Now death stalks them on all sides as they attempt to unravel the enigmatic questions surrounding Benjamin McCann and the beautiful house he built . . .
Book Three Blurb:
Whispers From The Past: Vendetta
Whoever said the past is dead and buried never knew the evil wizard Arvashan or his fiendish plan to avenge himself on those who caused all the trouble at the very beginning . . . Liz Carr and Kim Henson find they have only skimmed the surface when it comes to the mysteries of the past and their lingering affects on the present. They are about to learn their lives and those of John Carter and Mark Adams are hopelessly tangled with Arvashan’s in a way they could never have expected.
The four friends, the local priest and the ineffable Benjamin McCann himself, have worked hard to return peace to McCann’s Manor, only to find each step forward has brought only more repercussions, leading them deeper into Arvashan’s diabolical schemes. Now the ancient sorcerer, infuriated by their success in freeing his captive souls, makes his demands, offering Liz an ultimatum she can never hope to accept or live with.
Liz has a few weeks to set her affairs in order and return with Arvashan to the past and a fate she has no memory of, or Arvashan will kill everyone she loves. The situation calls for a level of cunning and skill the friends will somehow have to find within themselves, along with a mastery of magic greater than any they possess, in order to emerge victorious over the ancient nemesis. But there is more . . . much more . . . and they are running out of time . . .
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
- Stay on my blog schedule. This month I have more trailers and a cool author website. Plus another eye catching cover. One that I fell in love with. This month's so you want to write a book will be about research.
- This month I'll be reviewing a longer book for Dark Diva Reviews so I might only get one done this month, but it promises to be an outstanding read.
- I have a story coming out this month on earth day in an anthology, so I plan to do some promoting.
- Submit All For An Angel for reviews.
- I'm planning on a contest this month- so stay tuned.
- The biggest one of all-FINISH my WIPP!
Wow! Now that sounds like a big list for me. It is also my 10 year anniversary this month, so one night goes all to my hubby. (Yeah okay, I have to give him another night as well since I have to go shopping for his present. UGH! What do you buy for 10 years? I all ready promised to wear a dress and heels to go out to dinner with him.)
Well, wish me luck with my goals.
Anyway, back to my goals. I stayed on track with my blog, all but 2- last night and my fibro and me post. I couldn't think of anything to say that didn't sound like I was whining, so I skipped that post. But it will be up in April.
I haven't subbed anything and I don't have anything out with anyone. So nothing to report on there. I did finish all my goals for the month. I even started on chapter 14 of my WIPP. And I ordered business cards. I thought it was time since I have 2 books out and 2 coming out. By this summer I'll have a back list!
I also have some trailers and author websites scheduled for the next couple of months. I feel great about that having to write it down on a schedule. Makes me think people are reading my blog. So, if you are keeping up or checking in with my blog, I'd love for you to give me a shout. Leave a comment even if it just says hey. I loved to know if you enjoy reading my rantings, any certain blog title you like or even don't like. Let me hear from you.
Friday, March 27, 2009
A lot of people are concerned about the environment these days. I have to say I am not a green freak, though I should be. However, I have taken small measures to leave a little smaller print behind. Mind you, I did say LITTLE.
What have those things been?
- Well, when we moved into our new home, we bought the cork screw type light bulbs. And might I say, it cost a small fortune to put them in the whole house. Well over a hundred bucks. But at my old house, and I do mean OLD, the bulbs would blow within a week. I spent so much money on light bulbs and I always had to grab a box at the store. Some of the lights in my house got so bad I just gave up changing them. I've been in my new house for about a year and we haven't changed one yet. They did take a bit to get used to but I think they are well worth it.
- I got dryer balls, hoping they would work. I love them. They do leave much less lint so I don't have to use tons of lint rollers (less money and waste). They also eliminate wrinkles if you get the clothes out when they are still hot. And even though it's not a great deal of time, the cut down on my drying time by 10 minutes per load on normal heat. I do have an older dryer, so they might cut down even more in a newer one. Now I tend to do wash on the weekend and all at one time. That way when I put the second load in the dryer the machine is already heated, using less energy. Plus, if I do six loads, which I usually do at least six, the 10 minutes cut down from the dryer balls saves me an hour of work.
- I've also started cutting off my computer monitor at night. I have no clue how much this is saving me, but it has to be something. A dear friend of mine has about seven computers in her home. She claimed that when she started shutting down all the computers (not just the monitor) at night her electric bill went down $70 a month. That's $10 a month per computer. Where I work, we started shutting off the monitors at night to save on electric. We can shut off the computer because upgrades are made at various times. Anyway, I work for the government and we have at least two hundred plus computers, maybe even three hundred. Now when you're talking about that many monitors being shut off, that's a nice chunk of change to save the taxpayers considering if every government office in the US would take this small step at the end of every day.
- I bought reusable shopping bags from Wal-mart. This saves a TON of plastic bags. Now, I do still get plastic bags now and then. I use them around the house in small trash cans, to scoop the litter box or clean out the car. But you can get at least three or four plastic bags of stuff in one reusable bag and it's easier to carry. Plus they sit up better in the trunk than the plastic ones. We like to see how much we can get in one bag. I think they're great.
Okay, so that's not much. I am researching places to recycle at. I did recycle when I lived in Florida, but I can't seem to find anywhere in Mississippi close since I don't live in town. Some centers are just for town residents. I think I have found a place to take clear plastic #1 and #2. While this isn't much, it's a start.
Plus my anniversary is coming up in April and I want some sort of compost container.
And the BEST green idea is to buy EBOOKS. No paper, no shipping packages or gas to use and they take up way less space.
Yes, these are all small steps but it's start. I'll have more cool ideas each month.
Tell me what you do to keep the Earth green.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
This cover grabbed my eye the first moment I saw it. This sort of cover grabs my eye because I love historical. I love to see the setting and get a sense of where the story takes place. Don't get me wrong, I love to see a well oiled rock hard chest. But the cover with a great old house, castle, cabin or anything close will get first look from me.
The story sounds good too. This one might have to go on my TBR list.
Love can be so... unexpected.
In the spring of 1935, understated beauty Eva Edwards is widowed. A blessing to be sure. Having long since left England, a rare talent for music and notions of love behind, her one focus is keeping her farm and raising a child not her own—no matter the sacrifice and struggle.
Friday, March 20, 2009
September 11, 2001 was a momentous day in history. It was also the day Letitia Davies lost her memory and began seeing ghosts. Despite the loving care of her husband, she never regained any memory of her past.
Monday, March 16, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
A very important part of writing is reading. I mean if no one read then why would anyone write? The best way to learn the craft is to read. Yes, I said learn the craft. You don't have the "writing talent" to write. But I do think you have to love what you write.
The reading writer reads many different things.
You should always read current releases in the market your aiming for so you know what is selling. That doesn't mean you have to write the book to the market. I think you should write the story of your heart. But you need to know what your chances are of it selling and where it fits in the market.
Want to write an ebook? Download a few, kick back and relax without even getting out of your pj's or filling the car up with gas. Plus, no shipping fee. (I love that about ebooks. Shopping at home.)
Read books on the craft of writing. You can find books that walk you through the entire process or books that break down each element of a book. Such as, having problems with conflict. (I hate that part. It's so mean.) But if you need help there are books to help you. One such book that has been recommended to me by an author friend is Stephen King's, On Writing. I haven't read it, but I've heard it rocks.
I have read How to Write a Damn Good Novel by James N. Frey. It was pretty a good place for me to start as it covers all areas of a novel.
I really spent most of my time reading articles on the web, posts on yahoo groups and I've took a few online classes.
Harlequin has a good web page if you are marketing to them.
There are a ton of great articles on suite 101.
And let's not leave out Charlotte Dillon's web site.
Well, I'm pretty sure that will keep you busy for a while. And if not, you can always grab one of my ebook to reads.
Monday, March 9, 2009
You Are a Boston Creme Donut
You have a tough exterior. No one wants to mess with you.
But on the inside, you're a total pushover and completely soft.
You're a traditionalist, and you don't change easily.
You're likely to eat the same doughnut every morning, and you pout if it's sold out.
You Are Cranberry Juice
You're sassy and even a bit snarky at times. You have an edge to you.
And while you can be brutally honest, you're still quite a charmer.
You are confident, modern, stylish, and dazzling. You have an overpowering personality.
You're a bit of an acquired taste. People often wish you were sweeter.
Saturday, March 7, 2009
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Monday, March 2, 2009
Playing other courses was never a handicap for Ali's golf pro husband. But now that she's got proof he's been cheating, [she decides] it's time to even up the scorecard with hottie cable-guy Cam.
Cam makes a perfect revenge partner. Their steamy days and erotic nights are pure pleasure...until he falls in love.
What happened to her simple plan for a harmless sexual escapade? Somehow, revenge doesn't taste as sweet now that her heart's ended up in Cam's hands and he wants to make their twosome permanent.
Warning, this title contains the following: explicit sex, graphic language, and flashbacks of a f/f encounter.
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Sunday, March 1, 2009
Well, now that's I've done that most of the day, I should get on to my writing. And set new goals for myself this month.
1. Find out where my stories have been sent for review.
2. Review at least two books.
3. Update my myspace page.
4. Update my Manic Readers page.
5. FORCE myself to FINISH chapter 13 on a WIP that I have pushed off for to long.
6. Keep on my blog schedule.
7. And if I'm really good and get 1-6 done, start on chapter 14. (We'll see.)
Oh, the things I dream!
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Congratulations, I'll send you a PDF copy of All For An Angel. Happy reading.
For everyone else, I'm sure I'll have more contest in the future.
Friday, February 20, 2009
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Yeah, that's what I said too. Like what is this thing I can't pronounce or spell?
Well, the word fibromyalgia means wide spread pain.
Okay, that doesn't tell me much. I know I'm in pain most of the time. Pain free moment are far and few in between. I can't remember the last time I had one of those moments, let alone one of those days.
The name really doesn't describe the chronic illness. The symptoms seem endless, no one know what causes it-even though everyone has a theory-, there is no cure as of now, and nothing really seems to work to help it.
There are tons of articles and website addressing fibro. Like :
There are also tons of products on the market that claim to "cure" fibro. I don't put much stock into them. I just don't because they are everywhere. If they really cure the illness, why aren't doctors using them and why do they cost like the $19.99 or $29.99 price like you see on tv products?
But what does it really mean to some who has it? I like how this website describes it. http://www.fibroandfatigue.com/aboutfibromyalgia.php
"The underlying cause of Fibromyalgia is unknown. Research is ongoing, but there is agreement that Fibromyalgia patients have an enhanced pain sensitivity and response originating from the central nervous system. Traumatic illness or injury may trigger the disease. Additional research is continuing to determine other factors that may lead to the development of Fibromyalgia including: genetics, environment, autoimmune dysfunction, nutritional deficiencies and connective tissue disease.
Frequency, degree and location of pain vary from day to day. Any given day a Fibromyalgia patient's level of discomfort may range from mild muscle stiffness to extreme, radiating pain so severe they feel completely debilitated and unable to carry out simple activities."
Okay, so what are the symptoms? Just to name a few.
- pain and fatigue
- sleep disturbances
- morning stiffness
- irritable bowel syndrome
- painful menstrual periods
- numbness or tingling of the extremities
- restless legs syndrome
- temperature sensitivity
- cognitive and memory problems (sometimes referred to as “fibro fog”)
Oh yes, that list above is just a few of the symptoms and lucky me, I have them all. I'm also very moody and I have depression. Hence- stay on the meds. I think the one that drives me crazy the most would be the numbness and tingling I get in my feet and legs. That really drives me up a wall. Oh yeah, and don't touch my fingertips or I might just slap at you or snap. I can't stand to be touched on the tips of my fingers. Hurts like HELL. But these are still just a few things that I deal with on a daily basis.
Now don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to complain or whine, just raise some awareness and give my readers a glimpse into my day to day life. Next month I won't go through all the background story to fibro and I'll probably make fun of something stupid I did because of it. Like today I had to pick up my daughter from dance camp at school. Twice, yes twice, I had to turn around from where I was because I forgot to turn correctly. The second time, I drove right by the school and forgot to turn into the parking lot. Yes, you have permission to laugh. I am.
Saturday, February 7, 2009
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Wednesday, February 4, 2009
February is a short month and we are already at day 4. But here is my list of goals for the month.
1. Keep with my blog schedule. Hopefully my Internet will stay up and allow me to do so.
2. I have a story coming out on the 14th, so I would like to send it out to at least 5 review sites.
3. Work on my blog site and add things like links.
4. Start chapter 4 on my WIP.
Okay, short list yes. But like I said before, this is a short month and my daughter has me gone 4 nights a week with ballet and play practice. Plus, I have fibromyalgia and I took a nasty fall off my front steps. I landed pretty hard and I'm afraid my fibro is flaring up. Of course, I expected it to when I fell, since fibro symptoms flare when there is stress or trauma.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Friday, January 16, 2009
I have exciting news. My story, Missing Pieces, has been accepted for Coming Together: Against the Odds anthology. If you have never heard of Coming Together they publish anthologies and donate proceeds to charities. So in the spirit of charity and my excitement today's trailer is from Coming Together. It's worth the watch.
Against the Odds' proceeds will go to benefit Autism Speaks. It will be release in print and ebook in June 09. To learn more about all the anthologies go to http://www.eroticanthology.com/ .
Sunday, January 11, 2009
So, you think you want to write a book. You get a notepad or sit down on your computer but then where do you start? Hum. Good question.
You've probably been an avid reader since a child, inspired by a high school English teacher or discovered the magic of books in your adult years. The exact time it happened doesn't matter. It did. And now you believe you can do it too.
Good. Remember that when the journey gets hard and keep believing in yourself. Some days you may feel like you are all you have.
Where to start?
Read. Read. Read.
Read your favorites. Then read someone new. Someone you've never read before. See what is out on the market today. Read books on the craft of writing.
Scan publishers websites. See what they're looking for. See what they've published lately. Read their blogs. Sign up for their newsletters.
Got a story in your head you want to get out? Then sit down and write. Remember that your first story is a learning tool. It may or may not ever get published. Many writer's first stories are never published. But don't feel bad about that. After you've written 3 or 4, most likely you'll look back on the first one and see how far you've grown with each book.
*VERY IMPORTANT* Get critique partners.
Yahoo has a ton of writers groups. Do a search for for critique groups. It might take a few before you find the one that works for you. But when you do, you can learn so much from critique partners (CP). Make sure you find one in the genre that you write. This is important if you are writing romance, because they have elements to the story that other genres may not have and if your CP doesn't know about these elements, chances are your writing may suffer because of it.
I started writing with a very thin skin. Not in this business. Find CPs that are a few steps ahead of you. You might not feel like you help them much, but you can while you learn from them. Later, you can return the favor by helping someone else. In the mean time, listen to them and learn all you can. you may need to step back a few days and let it sink in. You may even need to shed a few tears. In my case it was a lot of tears. My skin has gotten thicker and I have learned so much in the last 2 1/2 years.
It doesn't happen over night. Writing is more than just talent. It is hard work and determination as well. Give yourself time to grow and learn. Set a goal for how long you're willing to wait to get published before you reevaluate your dreams to write. I picked 5 years. If I hadn't grown and learned and seen myself close to getting published withing 5 years, I was going to rethink it. After all, writing takes a lot of time and energy. I met my goal in under 5 years. So I know I want to keep going, but it was work. Work I'm happy I did, work I would do again, rewarding work, but work nevertheless.
Okay then. If you are starting your writing journey or wondering why you can't get an editor's attention, you have a place to start.
Find critique partners.
In the coming months I will break this down even farther. Until then, keep on writing.